Former Seminole State College Belles basketball player and the first Jamaican WNBA Player Simone Edwards, OD, has signed on as national spokesperson for Caribbean American Heritage Month. Edwards who was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, accepted the duties of spokesperson for Caribbean American Heritage Month to help bring more visibility to Caribbean Americans and the contributions they make.
The history-making player was selected by the New York Liberty in the 1997 inaugural WNBA season. After competing internationally, Ms. Edwards returned to the WNBA to play for Seattle Storm, ultimately winning a championship. The Jamaican Hurricane as she was called in the game, is equally known for making headlines off the court, speaking out on issues of bullying, sexual abuse and self-esteem. In her heartfelt memoir, ‘Unstoppable,’ Ms. Edwards reveals the harsh realities of growing up poor in a gang-infested village, and how she found the inner strength to maintain hope in the face of opposition. In 2017, the Jamaican government bestowed Simone with the Order of Distinction award for her outstanding contribution to Jamaica’s Women National Basketball.
“I am extremely honored to once again be part of the month-long celebration to commemorate Caribbean American Heritage. Caribbean Americans are making remarkable strides on so many fronts to the American landscape, and I feel privileged to have the opportunity to help bring awareness in any way I possibly can,” said Edwards.